September 2, 2004

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 2, 2004—For the sixth consecutive year, Southern California Edison (SCE) ranks as one of the “best 50 companies for Latinas to work for in the United States,” according to LATINA Style magazine’s annual survey evaluating corporate America’s responsiveness to the needs and aspirations of Latinas.

SCE, an Edison International company, was ranked in the top tier of the more than 600 U.S. corporations evaluated as part of the survey.  The survey did not numerically rank those on the list. 

“Being recognized by LATINA Style for six consecutive years clearly shows that our efforts to respond to employee needs, such as work-life balance, dependent child care support, and educational and leadership opportunities, are notable and ongoing,” said Frank Quevedo, SCE vice president for equal opportunity. “We are strongly committed to providing a work environment where all employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The magazine’s evaluation was based upon issues identified by LATINA Style as most important to its readers, among them a company’s number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, dependent/child care support, benefits, and women’s issues.

Being recognized again by LATINA Style as one of the best places for ethnic minorities to work is only the latest distinction earned by SCE for its diversity efforts within and outside the workplace.  In June, for the seventh consecutive year, Fortune magazine named SCE one of the top companies for ethnic minorities in America, ranking the utility seventh overall in its most recent survey.

At SCE, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, ethnic minorities make up 44.9% of the work force, 28.6% of senior officials, managers and high-level professionals, and 53.4% of new hires.

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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.6 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.